Measuring societal impact and relevance: tools & services

VU Library is developing two kinds of services for research groups to demonstrate societal impact and relevance of research in annual reporting and SEP-evaluations.

1. Societal impact & Societal attention of your publications
You can use AltmetricExplorer to find out where your research gets mentioned in the press, blogs, social media, Mendeley, and most importantly in Policy documents.
This helps you to: analyse the societal impact of your research department over time; and to provide evidence of your social impact for evaluation reports.
When you use AltmetricExplorer you can receive an alert when your research is mentioned in important sources.

2. Societal relevance
This analysis method uses policy themes (e.g. sustainable development goals) instead of research fields to classify research output.
VU Library is developing do it yourself guides and can help you to demonstrate the contribution of your research department to policy themes.

Sharing knowledge & best practices
To keep up to date with developments and new methods in metrics VU Library participates in (inter)national networks in order to share knowledge and best practices.
- International: AurorA Societal Impact & Relevance of Research
A project to measure societal relevant research based on global challenges such as UN: Sustainable Development Goals and EU: Societal Challenges.
- Research Intelligence Network Netherlands.
A national expertise network with CWTS, where bibliometric experts share knowledge and best practises.